Vegan Strongman Sets World Record

The idea that a person needs to consume large amounts of meat in order to achieve results and be successful in the world of bodybuilding is being challenged in a big way. Vegan athletes all over the world are living, competing and winning on a no-meat diet and have no desire to go back. If you are a student-athlete that likes to hit the gym after finishing up some online culinary school classwork, consider the lifestyle of “Germany’s Strongest Man.”

Strongman Patrick Baboumian has been vegetarian since 2006 and went completely vegan in 2011. According to an article by The Star, Baboumian says that he wants to change the image of equating meat-eating with strength.

“I just realized that if it’s really compassion that drives you, maybe it’s not enough just to stop eating animals but you maybe should boycott the whole animal industry, because … it’s not what you as a compassionate being would want. So actually you should go one step further and become vegan.”

Baboumian holds world records for log lifts and beer keg lifts. At Toronto’s Vegetarian Food Festival, he hoisted a yoke weighing 550 kg (1212.54 lbs) a distance of 10 meters, a feat that has never been matched, according to the event’s organizers.

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